Stan­dard makes progress in 2016

The Drumheller Mail - - CLASSIFIEDS - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

The Vil­lage of Stan­dard is proud of the progress it has made with re­gional wa­ter.

The Mail caught up with Mayor Alan Larsen and this year the vil­lage, along with it part­ners in Wheat­land County, Hussar, Rock­y­ford and

Gle­ichen were able to break ground on a re­gional wa­ter project.

“That is the big­gest go­ing on in the area by far,” Larsen told The Mail.

In Novem­ber, they of­fi­cially broke ground on the project, which will see a new raw wa­ter reser­voir con­structed near the vil­lage with a raw wa­ter line to the wa­ter treat­ment plant. From the wa­ter treat­ment plant, wa­ter will head out to its re­gional part­ners.

“We started on the raw wa­ter line here in Stan­dard and they tell us we should be de­liv­er­ing potable wa­ter to Gle­ichen by Septem­ber next year,” he said.

Not long af­ter the ground­break­ing, the project was ap­proved for its sec­ond phase, which will next take wa­ter to Rock­y­ford.

The vil­lage de­vel­oped a res­i­den­tial neigh­bour­hood a few years back and this year they are con­tin­u­ing to see a cou­ple houses be­ing built.

“We are adding to it, every year we sell a cou­ple lots. We aren’t grow­ing re­ally fast, Stan­dard kind of main­tains its pop­u­la­tion,” he said.

Another great ad­di­tion is a new walk­ing path be­ing de­vel­oped called Mem­ory Lane. It is be­ing de­vel­oped on CP park land and in the end it will be about a three and a half kilo­me­tre loop around the vil­lage.

“There is go­ing to be the op­por­tu­nity for res­i­dents past and present to put things about their fam­ily her­itage along the path,” he said.

Work be­gan last year, and it will be com­pleted as fund­ing be­comes avail­able.

To that end, last year an area landowner rented 160 acres of land to the com­mit­tee for $1 per acre, and area and own­ers do­nated seed and chem­i­cal and then planted and har­vested the par­cel, rais­ing about $75,000.

“Ev­ery­thing was do­nated by vol­un­teers,” he said.

The spirit of vol­un­teerism runs through the vil­lage and the lo­cal Li­ons Club re­cently com­pleted a re­vamp of the ten­nis courts in the com­mu­nity.

In the com­ing year, they are con­tin­u­ing the work on their 10-year in­fra­struc­ture plan.

“Every year we take money that is avail­able an put it to­wards in­fra­struc­ture like sewage, wa­ter, and paving,” he said.

Alan Larsen...

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